RJCF Western Canada Fires Appeal: $78,000 Impact!

September 28, 2023

Throughout August and into September, catastrophic wildfires in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories forced thousands to evacuate as Canada deals with its worst wildfire season in history. 

To help the families and individuals affected, the Raymond James Canada Foundation matched employee donations to the Western Canada Fires Appeal in support of the Canadian Red Cross. Together, we raised $78,000!

“The wildfires in Canada have been unprecedented and devastating this year with over 15 million hectares burnt and the fires in Western Canada directly impacting our people and clients” shares Jamie Coulter, CEO Raymond James Ltd. “Our Raymond James community mobilized to support disaster relief efforts in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Alberta and we are proud to match our advisors and associates’ generosity through the Raymond James Canada Foundation.” “Thank you again for your generosity and to those on the front lines working to keep communities and people safe during this time of incredible challenges.”

​​​​​​​“Nearly a month since the wildfire in West Kelowna was discovered, it remains out-of-control with active firefighting and recovery work to make the hardest hit neighborhoods safe to re-enter” shares Erica Whiteley, Branch Manager, IAS Kelowna. “While evacuation alerts have been rescinded in Kelowna and Lake Country, temporary access is being granted to the residents of over 400 properties still on evacuation order on the west side to check on their homes or retrieve important items. This is a difficult time for many as they discover total loss or damage to their properties and for displaced families starting the new school year. We can’t thank you enough for the support shown to our communities and what it means for those whose lives will be significantly impacted for years to come.”

Thank you to all of our Raymond James Ltd. advisors and associates for your participation in the 2023 Western Canada Fires Appeal. The Raymond James Canada Foundation shares your commitment to helping those in need, activating when disaster strikes and showing that #RJCares.